Springbok wing Sbu Nkosi is set to miss Saturday’s Test against Wales in Cardiff due to passport and visa issues.
As a result, he has had to apply for a new passport before he can apply for his Schengen visa.
Without his visa he’s unable to fly – and is highly unlikely to be able to obtain one before Monday due to the long weekend.
Incredibly, Nkosi had been instructed by SA Rugby in June to get his passport in order, but was reportedly unable to do so because of the Covid-19 pandemic and “other issues”.
In Nkosi’s absence, Makazole Mapimpi is expected to shift to the right wing with Aphelele Fassi earning a well-deserved start in the No 11 jersey.
Regular wing Cheslin Kolbe will play no part in the Springboks’ end-of-year tour Tests against Wales, Scotland and England.
Meanwhile, a dozen overseas-based players who have been playing for their clubs in recent weeks will join the Springboks on Sunday.